The first black First Lady of America, Michelle Obama, has been named Activate Learning’s most inspirational woman of all time.
Michelle, who is also a strong activist for women’s rights, came top of a poll of Activate Learning’s staff and students. The top five, announced as part of International Women’s Day today (8 March), are:
1. Michelle Obama – first black First Lady of America and women’s rights activist
2. Emma Watson - actress and women’s rights activist
3. Marie Curie – physicist, chemist and pioneer into research into radioactivity
4. Queen Elizabeth II – our longest reigning monarch
5. Anita Rodick- human rights activist, environmental campaigner and entrepreneur
As part of the survey, and to coincide with this year’s International Women’s Day theme - Be bold for change – we asked which single change could create a more gender equal change. The responses included:
- Equal pay
- Equal responsibilities
- Equal treatment
- Stop gender stereotyping (particularly in advertising)
- Educate people about how important acceptance is.
Activate Learning Chief Executive, Sally Dicketts, nominated former boss – Ann Limb – as her most inspirational female role model. Sally said: “Ann was my boss when I went to Milton Keynes College. She was the principal and I was one of her deputies. She taught me the importance of really understanding and developing yourself, at a deep and profound level, if you want to be a leader. Ann was ahead of her time in wanting to change a college culture in the mid-eighties, and understood this journey couldn't be about everyone else it had to be about you as well. The only person you can really change is yourself.”